When someone first visits a website, they form a first impression within 50 milliseconds. This means that you have less than a second to draw someone into your church website. It also means that there is no such thing as being too picky when it comes to choosing a church website template.
It’s that time again: the time when we let church leaders just like you take the mic and share a little bit about how switching to Clover Sites worked for them. Today we’re talking with Tiffani Puckett, who works with both the established Grace Baptist Church in Mason, Ohio and the church plant Redeemer Community Church in Loveland, Ohio. She used Clover to create new websites for both churches. Read on for more from Tiffani about how switching to Clover worked for her congregations.
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We could tell you a million times over how much we believe in our products at Clover and the impact they’re making for churches across the country. But you don’t want to hear from us, right? Why would you when you can hear it from church leaders just like you who have made the switch to Clover and experienced the results firsthand! This month, we’d love to introduce you to Emily McKenna, creative director at Lighthouse Tabernacle in New Jersey.
Case Study: Coastal Oaks Church We love talking to churches that not only made the switch to Clover Sites, but are glad they did! Coastal Oaks Church out of Rockport, Texas is one such church. We talked with Andy Barlow, Associate Pastor of Worship and Discipleship (and budding web designer) at Coastal Oaks. He helped their church design, build, and maintain an incredible church website with Clover, and now he’s here to tell you just exactly how it all worked for them. Take a look at their site at coastaloakschurch.org and read on for more on how Andy and his team feel about making the switch to Clover. How did you feel about your website before using Clover? Our church website was an absolute mess prior to jumping into a Clover site. We were using a UK-based web template service "geared for churches" with dated designs, zero flexibility and services, and all-around distant customer service. All these things led me to make the switch to Clover. Even the earliest versions of Clover were significant upgrades over our previous website company, and the current version of Clover is light years ahead of where we were.
Last month we released Clover Events. It was exciting, and we are still celebrating with the #SummerofClover (did you read about how you can win a prize?)!! We're ALSO so excited to see how so many of you are already using Clover to share and promote your church's events. Check out a few early examples below and imagine how great your church website could look with a brand new calendar and featured events pages.
Case Study: Edgewater Alliance Church There’s nothing we love more than helping our clients successfully transform websites for their churches. And now, we’re excited to share one of those success stories with you! Check out our Q&A with Susan Parry from Edgewater Alliance Church in Florida for an inside look at how working with Clover transformed their church’s presence online. Then take a look at their site for yourself at www.edgewateralliance.org. How did you feel about your website before using Clover? Up until 2009, we had an unattractive, homemade website that we desperately wanted to improve. What made you decide to give Clover a try?
When it comes to building your church website with Clover, one of the most common concerns we hear is this: “I don’t know anything about web design or coding. How am I supposed to do it all for myself?” Trust us, we get it! The thought of creating and updating a site with little to no experience all on your own sounds intimidating on paper. But you can also trust us when we tell you, there’s no simpler way to do it than with Clover Sites. We created Clover to empower you as church leaders to have full ownership over your online presence. Rather than have to pay thousands of dollars to a developer or waste time waiting for them to get back to you about changes, we wanted to make a way for you to do everything you needed to do with clarity and confidence.
One of the best things about working with you all to create their websites is seeing the finished product up and running. We love seeing churches feel confident in not only creating their sites, but also in putting it out there for their people. And we love being able to share some of those sites with you! This month, we’re taking a look at Mosaic Community Church in Seattle. Take a look at their finished website at www.mosaic-seattle.org and read on for more on how Clover helped their team create a product they are proud to share!
We wanted to start the new year highlighting an organization that has done more than just create a beautiful website. Ministries Without Borders is a charity that travels to nations all over the world - including Cuba, Nepal and the Philippines - to provide disaster relief, medical aid, feeding programs, water irrigation and education to those in need. The work they're doing around the world is inspiring and we definitely recommend that you take a second to read, listen to or watch some of the stories they've collected on their website.
It takes a pretty impressive website to make the entire Customer Relations team gather around one monitor to check it out together. This week we did exactly that with Lighthouse Church's beautiful site. There's a consistency to their website that makes it feel sleek and modern without losing that welcoming feeling a church website should give you. All of their pages are short and to the point, delivering their message in a very straightforward and convenient way.